• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 four-star Rylan Griffen

Tell me about where you grew up.

I grew up in Dallas, Texas. It’s a good city. It’s a warm weather city.

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

Id like to think it was a priority since my grandpa played and my dad played and my uncles did too and my dad was the first to put the ball in my hands

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

I started taking it seriously around 5th grade i started to realize that this is the sport i like the most

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

My grandpa played in the league a long time ago I have a cousin in the NFL a couple of my cousins and uncles played college and my dad did also

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

Id describe my game as a scorer but i really want to do anything it takes to win.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

it means a lot it’s really the sport most of my family plays

How do you feel about your current ranking?

I don’t really pay attention to rankings i just try to get better.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

They don’t mean anything at all to me. It’s a number next to your name. All that matters is that i get better and get ready for college because colleges don’t care at all about what you were in high school

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

Not really I just take it a day at a time

What schools reach out to you the most?

Most of the big 12 schools reach out the most.

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?

To me i like to speak to the head coach because i like to know what type of coach i’m about to play for.

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

Id just say we need to build a good relationship.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

My dad went through it so he helps me he tells me who to trust and who not to trust.

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

I tell my younger brother and younger friends to take it slow because if you make the wrong choice it can cost you in the end.

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially, or virtually?

I haven’t visited any in person so far but i need to try to get down to a school soon. I did virtual visits with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisville.

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

Not really i just take what i have so far and try to narrow it down.

Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.

I can’t really think of anyone off the top of my head.

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?

It’s not a priority but it’s something I’d like to have.

Did you have a dream school growing up?

I didn’t. I didn’t even really watch college basketball back then.

Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?

I'd buy my parents a house, my brother a car then my brother a house.

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